Deltroit was a lesser known French maker, but his clocks are beautiful

Deltroit was a lesser known This monumental Charles X mantel regulator clock by Deltroit features a signed, engine-turned silver dial and a pin wheel escapement. (photo courtesy R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts)

Of all the high-quality French mantel and table clocks in R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts’ annual spring horological and antiques auction , slated for April 29th and 30th at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, N.H., one of the more intriguing is the Charles X mantel regulator by Deltroit you see pictured here, housed in a monumental, gilt bronze portico-style case. The clock’s back plate is signed “Deltroit Eleve de Janvier”, indicating Deltroit studied under the celebrated clockmaker Antide Janvier. To see the clock in a video, visit

The two-day, two-session auction will feature a wide selection of horological material for collectors, dealers and those involved in timepiece repair and restoration. Included will be many fine American and European clocks and watches, as well as jewelry, music boxes, phonographs, glassware, silver, horological books, tools and more. The complete auction catalog has been posted online and may be viewed in its entirety at Videos of a few of the more interesting items can be seen on the R.O. Schmitt YouTube channel.

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Fox Auctions will raise a toast to regimental beer steins, April 28th 

Fox Auctions will raise a toast 19th century German regimental beer steins are highly collectible. They usually depicted training scenes, combat scenes, portraits or occupations. (photo courtesy Fox Auctions)

Antique beer steins and other drinking vessels are hugely popular with collectors, and Fox Auctions holds five online-only auctions a year dedicated entirely to that one category, with each sale usually featuring 500 lots. The April 28th auction will contain 35 regimental beer steins, the gorgeous and highly detailed steins that came into fashion in Germany when Kaiser Wilhelm II expanded the country’s military system, beginning in 1888. The steins captured the spirit of Germany’s Armed Forces and were prized by their owners.

Today they’re prized by collectors. An example of what is in the sale is the stein you see here, a regimental military stein showing a zeppelin scene on both sides. That meant the soldier who owned it was an airport worker, since a stein’s design was an indicator of the job he performed in service. Considering this stein was made around 1900 or before, when zeppelins were uncommon, means not many of these were made, and that will drive up the price. Also, the finial of the stein is a helmet. Such decorations were costly.

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Great Mother’s Day gift idea #1: dazzling 8.06-carat diamond ring

Gift idea #1 This gorgeous platinum and diamond ring, is a whopper by any measure, with a round brilliant cut diamond weighing a robust 8.60 carats. (photo courtesy Gray’s Auctioneers)

Looking for something truly spectacular to give to Mom or a loved one on Mother’s Day? Your search has ended. You’re looking at it: this gorgeous platinum and diamond ring, lot #22 in Gray’s Auctioneers’ Important Jewelry Auction, being held Wednesday, May 10th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 10717 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The ring is a whopper by any measure, with a round brilliant cut diamond weighing a staggering 8.60 carats, having L color and SI-1 clarity. The estimate? A cool $80,000-$120,000.

Of course, not everything in the auction will set you back six figures. The lot right before this one, lot #21, is a 14kt white gold and diamond ring set with a cushion brilliant cut diamond weighing a mere 2.76 carats. It’s expected to bring $20,000-$40,000. The 99-lot auction, which will begin promptly at 11 am Eastern time, is packed with all manner of jewelry items certain to please any mother or significant other, starting at price points that are a little more wallet-friendly than the two items described. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Great Mother’s Day gift idea #2: this ladies’ Rolex Datejust watch

Gift idea #2 What mother (or any woman) wouldn’t love to get a lovely vintage Rolex ladies’ Datejust watch like this? It will be sold on May 6th. (photo courtesy Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry)

Four days before Gray’s auction, on Saturday, May 6th, Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry will conduct a Mother’s Day Multi-Estate Jewelry & Collectibles Auction, featuring over 500 lots, online and at the firm’s gallery in Fort Myers, Fla., at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time. A fabulous gift idea for Mom or other loved one would be this beautiful ladies’ two-tone 18kt and stainless steel Rolex Datejust watch, with a mother of pearl diamond dial, fluted diamond bezel, jubilee bracelet and sapphire crystal. It’s lot #111C (est. $10,000-$12,000).

Or, another impressive choice would be a loose 2.54-carat oval cut Alexandrite, with color changing from green to grayish purple. It’s lot #212 and comes with a GIA report (est. $25,000-$30,000). “This sale will have Mother’s Day gifts with different price points for anyone’s budget,” said David Rosenberg, Auction Manager of Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry. “Not only do we have jewelry for both women and men – for Father’s Day – we have many collectible items that can be gift giving pieces as well, including nice fine art.”

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